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  • By Bill Seklar

March 2020

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

As we look out the window of the venerable Community House, it’s hard to imagine that the start of spring is just days away. While it has been a cold, (not so) snowy and frigid winter here in Michigan, spring 2020 planning at The Community House is well underway. Scores of new spring classes, programs and events are set; a wide array of exciting and popular art, culture and enrichment opportunities now populate our spring calendar. To register or to purchase tickets please go to The Community House website at or call 248.644.5832. If winter comes, can spring (or summer) be far behind? SAVE THE DATE Student Art Town 2020 – Student Art Town is celebrating 30 years. The Student Art Town Exhibit is part of The Community House’s “Experience the Arts” youth engagement program. This special event showcases the creative talents of young artists from elementary to high school throughout metro Detroit. A wide variety of artwork from drawings to landscapes and photography to watercolor will turn the halls of The Community House into a very special student gallery. On Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Student Art Town will be open to the community to witness the talent and dedication of young artists, as well as participate in free, community art education classes from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ON SALE NOW Our Town Art Show & Sale 2020 – Art is coming to The Community House. Now in its 35th year, the iconic OUR TOWN Art Show & Sale will be held at The Community House on April 3rd & 4th, with the Opening Night Reception kicking off the event on Thursday, April 2. This juried art show of Michigan artists is a community event, open to the public and free of charge, fulfilling the mission of The Community House to impact lives through exceptional educational, social and outreach experiences, particularly through the arts and culture. Proceeds from each sale of artwork benefits both the artist and The Community House. NEW! FREE! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Senior Living Series – The Community House is proud to announce its inaugural Senior Living Series presented by and in partnership with Pomeroy Living – Pomeroy Living Communities, coming this April and May. This free four-part educational series addresses topics most apt to the wants and needs of our senior community, such as: Life transitions, aging and mental health, healthy food habits, financial readiness and proactive legal measures. COMING SOON Spring 2020 Classes – Grow a new skill this Spring in one of The Community House’s many classes. Explore cooking classes, fitness options, learn a new language, create a new project, or enhance your personal or professional development – there are options for nearly every interest and everyone. For a full online list of Spring 2020 class offerings, visit REGISTRATION NOW OPEN SUMMER CAMPS 2020 – Children’s classes, programs and services at The Community House have always been at the center of our mission, purpose and vision. Our founders envisioned The Community House to be a place where young people from our community and surrounding region would gather for camaraderie, learning and enrichment. Over the years, The Community House has supplemented our fall, winter and spring children’s classes with a robust selection of summer camps. We believe that summer camps are a place where children get the experiences they need to bolster their range of coping strategies. So, it is in that spirit that The Community House is proud to present over 50 Summer Camps – Summer 2020: half day, full day, morning, afternoon, lunch optional, with before and after-care opportunities. Make sure to visit to see all our camp offerings and to register. There is limited enrollment. Exciting NEW Summer 2020 Camp Series: S.T.E.A.M. Series of Youth Camps – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Art For more information or a catalog about our 2020 summer camps or more information about our other Community House offerings, please contact us at or call 248.644.5832. William D. Seklar is President & CEO of The Community House and The Community House Foundation in Birmingham.

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